Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears

lovebytheletternew_3Dex Stanton has never had much time for book learning. He’s been too busy helping to provide for his family. Now that he’s heading west, Dex is hoping to start a family of his own. However, his attempt to acquire a mail-order bride fails miserably when the lady writes back ridiculing his terrible spelling. Rachel Oliver may be the last person he wants to know what a dunce he is, but she’s also the smartest woman in town–and it’s clear he needs her help.

Rachel Oliver has lingered in town for three years secretly mooning over Dex Stanton, but now she’s done. If the fool wants to write to a mail-order bride company, so be it. Once she begins giving Dex lessons, however, Rachel realizes she may not be prepared to give up just yet.

As their time together runs short, can two of the most stubborn people in town set aside their pride long enough to find love?

Jagears kept me turning the pages. My only complaint with this book is that it was too short. Melissa did an excellent job with this unlikely hero. Dex drew me in from the get go and Rachel, well she may not be sure of what she wants at the beginning of the story, but she quickly discovers what is most important to her.

The main characters are well drawn. The conflict is believable and Jagears does a great job utilizing her supporting characters to reveal bits of characteristics about her main characters. I especially love the small bit where the heroine’s father comes on scene. The setting was spot on. It was like being in Independence, Missouri in the 19th century.

I can’t wait to see what comes next from Melissa Jagears.

 

You can read more about Melissa and her upcoming books here. And you can download her free novella here.

 

***My review is not influenced by the fact that it is currently free on Amazon nor is it influenced by the fact that I think Melissa is one of the sweetest people I’ve met, nor is it influenced by the fact that the poor woman has endured nine months of pregnancy and  is about to pop. Nope, if I didn’t like the novella I woulda said so. But I did like it!

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